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Beautiful San Francisco Ballet soloist Koto Ishihara with our Bon Bons and Mother Ginger.

Hello everybody,

I'd like to start by thanking our wonderful dancers, orchestra, staff, faculty, volunteers and supporters for EBT's incredible Nutcracker run that closed out 2018.

View photos here.

One of the best parts of Nutcracker season is welcoming veterans and children's groups to our dress rehearsal/informance. When I see the happy faces of our audience (some of whom are at the ballet or seeing a live symphony for the very first time), I am reminded of the powerful way dance can reach the hearts of us all.

Another highlight is having our professional guest dancers. Our students especially loved interacting with rising stars Madison Penney and Slawomir Wozniak Jr. during our intimate Meet the Artist session. A big thank you goes to all the amazing people who contributed to our Annual Fund Campaign. Without your generosity, none of this would have been possible.

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All’s well that ends well in love ... and toymaking!

Preparations are already underway for our spring production of Coppélia. EBT is premiering this well-known and much-loved comic ballet at the Northshore Performing Arts Center on May 18 and 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale through EBT later this month. We hope you will join us!

With gratitude and excitement,

Ms. Viktoria
Artistic Director

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Seattle sunshine and Dancepalooza is a winning combo.

Can't wait for Coppélia? Catch EBT dancers in All 4 1 Dancepalooza in Seattle on March 9 and 10 at Broadway Performance Hall. Ms. Sarah's modern ensembles are scheduled to perform both nights.

This annual contemporary dance festival of master classes and performances brings together dancers, teachers, choreographers and the dance-loving public for an inspiring and educational weekend.

Purchase tickets here.

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The theme of this year's Magic Bus assembly is Visual Art.

Did you know that EBT offers three types of outreach, all specially designed to bring the magic of motion into the lives of children?

▪ Assemblies in schools in the spring with three rotating annual themes: Visual Art (2019), Science (2020) and Storytelling (2021)
▪ Workshops in the summer that include a movement class and thematic performance
▪ Informances in December and May at the theater in conjunction with EBT productions
Assemblies in schools in the spring with three rotating annual themes: Visual Art (2019), Science (2020) and Storytelling (2021)
Workshops in the summer that include a movement class and thematic performance
Informances in December and May at the theater in conjunction with EBT productions

Learn more by downloading the brochure here.

Our first Magic Bus assemblies of the year will be held on March 15 at Sartori Elementary School. Audience members will take a virtual field trip to a museum, and explore form, composition and the artistic process through dance and music. We're thrilled to announce that Chickadee Snow and others from the Eastside Native American Education program will once again join us — this time to highlight Native American art.

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PROSPECTIVE AUDIENCES:
If you are interested in having the Magic Bus come to your school during the spring or summer, please email info@emeraldballet.org for more information.

PARTICIPATING DANCERS:
Remember to sign up here by March 1 so we can compile an official cast list.

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David Prottas will appear in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Still - A New Musical from March 22 – April 14.

Just announced! EBT will welcome David Prottas to teach a master class on March 18 to Level 5 dancers and up. Watch for more details/sign-ups to appear soon.

David spent ten years at the New York City Ballet, where he danced a wide array of work from such choreographers as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck. In 2016, he left NYCB to join the first national tour of An American in Paris. He will soon appear in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Still. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s new musical about the dancer who inspired Degas features Tiler Peck as Marie and Tony-nominee Terrence Mann as Degas. Tickets are on sale here.

We had a fabulous turnout for EBT's Teaching Institute (TI) workshop on January 30. Thank you Ms. Olivia, Ms. Erin and Ms. Sarah for engaging our dancers in fun ways and providing such valuable information on injury prevention and nutrition.

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At the last TI workshop, participants did an activity locating muscles and then talking about their functions, common injuries, prevention and rehab.

The Teaching Institute is a year-round program designed for highly-motivated EBA students (8th grade and up) to apply their technical and artistic skills as trained dancers to the field of teaching and community arts outreach. Though TI events vary slightly from year to year (with some being open to the public), programming options allow students to focus on different aspects of teaching, choreography and production. All TI participants are also considered for the TI Outstanding Mentor Scholarship for teens.

Learn more about the Teaching Institute here.

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Our costume volunteers are talented, tireless, and giving. Thank you!

Non-profit EBT is so fortunate to have volunteers working behind the scenes at pretty much all times. We'd like to mention a few of our costume helpers who recently went above and beyond:

Mary Charvat: Stepped up big time pre-Nutcracker, then created some costumes and headpieces quickly and amazingly for YAGP ... despite having hand surgery! As Ms. Sarah put it, "Seven dancers felt their best because of her."

Angela Newman Smith: A former EBT costume mistress and EBA-alumni parent who nonetheless helped backstage at Nutcracker and assisted with YAGP costume alterations.

Jenny Schroeder: Did all the hand-sewing alterations for Nutcracker that are so very tedious, such as moving bars on party girl and mom dresses, and waltz and snow costumes.

Cathy Walker: Forever our "Costume Angel," Ms. Cathy created a gorgeous, custom party mom dress.

Hooray to all our terrific volunteers!

A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS
Did you know that many companies like Microsoft and Boeing not only match employee donations to non-profits, but will gift-match for hours spent volunteering? Please be sure to submit your volunteer hours for EBT. Contact your HR Department or info@emeraldballet.org if you need assistance.

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Celebrate your child's birthday at EBT.

Take the stress out of party planning and book a Ballerina Birthday Party at EBT. Parties are two hours long and include an art project, dance class and games, led by two ballerinas. Activities can be tailored to girls and/or boys. The fee is $250 for up to 12 children. (Art supplies and access to dress-ups and music are included.)

Learn more about Ballerina Birthday Parties here.

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You shop. Amazon gives.

Do you shop at Amazon? If so, we encourage you to select EBT as your charity of choice ... then every time you buy eligible purchases, EBT will receive 0.5% of your price.

Designate EBT as your charity of choice here.

TIP: Bookmark and shop from smile.amazon.com so you always know you are benefiting EBT. Thank you!

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We need:

▪ Adobe subscription for design software ($29.99/month).
▪ Grocery store gift cards to purchase healthy foods/drinks for snack sales.
Adobe subscription for design software ($29.99/month).
Grocery store gift cards to purchase healthy foods/drinks for snack sales.

Please email info@emeraldballet.org if you can help. Donations to non-profit EBT are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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EBA welcomes everyone who wants to dance, ages 18 months-adult.

Emerald Ballet Academy's spring semester is in full swing. Our esteemed Russian and American faculty teach classes in ballet technique (Vaganova and neo-classical styles), pointe, character, modern, partnering (by invitation) and stretching, with unique opportunities for boys as well as exceptional (special-needs) students. Prospective students are always welcome to check out our schedule and take a free trial class.

New this year! Dance with Me for kiddos (18 months-3 years) and their caregivers. Ms. Caitlin teaches this welcoming and fun class on Tuesday mornings. The next session begins on March 19, but you are welcome to join the current session, as well.

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Discover or rediscover the benefits of ballet.

EBA also offers a variety of drop-in classes for adults and teens:

▪ Power Pilates on Tuesday nights
▪ Ballet on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings and Thursday night
Power Pilates on Tuesday nights
Ballet on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings and Thursday night

Childcare is available on Wednesday and Friday mornings; advance reservations are required.

Learn more about our adult/teen program here.

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View our brochure for ages 3-12.

Registration is open for all our great summer programs. We have a number of new and revamped camps to entertain and engage the younger set. Serious dancers will be challenged and inspired by our ballet intensives. Watch for more guest faculty to be announced soon!

Please visit our website for details:
Classes and camps for ages 3+
Ballet Intensives for ages 9+

TIP: Register and pay by May 15 for early-bird pricing.

Questions? Not sure which program or level is appropriate for your child? Email registration@emeraldballet.org. We are here to help!

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Miranda: "I like the 'art' in ballet ... together, we can make something to show to the world and make the world happier."

In January over 60 of our dancers competed at the Seattle Youth America Grand Prix. In case you missed it, Brian Calvert of KOMO NewsRadio interviewed one of our students, Miranda Elder, prior to the competition.

Listen to the radio broadcast here.

Some of our dancers (including Miranda) are currently preparing for the YAGP Finals in New York in April. Stay tuned to hear more about their progress!

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Double the fun! Now you can follow EBA and EBT on Facebook.

We have created a new Facebook page for Emerald Ballet Academy. Be sure to friend us to follow school news.

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For a time, there may be duplicate posts on the EBT and EBA pages.

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Save the date: GiveBIG donations support EBT's Scholarship Fund.

Mar. 3: Deadline for Coppélia production fees with early-bird pricing
Mar. 8-10: All 4 1 Dancepalooza
Mar. 15: EBT Magic Bus assemblies at Sartori Elementary School
Mar. 18: Master class with David Prottas
April 1: Coppélia production fees due
April 8-12: Studio closed for Spring Break
April 13-20: YAGP Finals in New York
May 8: GiveBIG fundraising for EBT Scholarship Fund
May 15: Deadline to register/pay for summer with early-bird pricing
May 18-19: EBT presents Coppélia
May 19: EBT presents Spring Fling
May 27: Studio closed for Memorial Day
June 4: Pointe shoe sewing day
June 15: Last day of regular classes

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Our youngest dancers get a joyful introduction to the stage at our Spring Fling.

June 17-July 3: Open Ballet & Pointe/Pre-pointe classes for ages 10+
June 22-August 17: Saturday PreBallet classes for ages 3-7
July 8-August 9: Ballet Intensives A, B & C (weeks vary by level)
July 15-19: Fairytale Camp: Ballet, art & dance sampler for ages 7-12
July 15-19: Performance Camp - The Little Mermaid: Music, dance & theater for ages 7-12
July 22-25: Fairy and Unicorn Camp: Dance & art for ages 3-6
July 22-26: Master classes with Ashleigh Wilson - Ballet Intensive B & C
July 29-August 1: Fairy Mermaid Camp: Dance & art for ages 4-7 at the Northwest Arts Center
July 29-August 2: Master classes with Veronika Part - Ballet Intensive B & C
August 5-8: Mermaid Camp: Dance & art for ages 3-6
August 12-16: Open Ballet & Pointe/Pre-pointe classes for ages 10+

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Emerald Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is committed to advancing the arts through education, performance, community outreach, and collaboration with other arts organizations. Follow EBT on Facebook and Instagram. Emerald Ballet Academy is the official school of EBT. Follow EBA on Facebook.

 
 
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